Officials snip the ceremonial red ribbon at First National Bank of Long Island in downtown Riverhead July 14. Photo: Peter Blasl

The First National Bank of Long Island has opened its first East End branch in downtown Riverhead at 140 East Main Street.

The branch’s opening was celebrated in a ceremony Wednesday where Riverhead Town officials, Chamber of Commerce leaders and bank officials gathered to cut the ribbon on the new branch. The branch moves into the vacant location previously occupied by Capital One Bank, which closed the location in November 2017.

“As First National Bank LI expands its presence on the East End, our goal is to become a community partner, the bank that’s top of mind,” President and CEO Chris Becker said. “Our bankers have a long history of serving the local community and understand the unique needs of businesses operating across the twin forks. Couple this with our commitment to customer-first service; our team is always a call away and well-positioned to help our customers grow.”  

“I am delighted to welcome First National Bank Long Island to their new location on Main Street,” Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said. She presented bank President and CEO Chris Becker with a certificate of appreciation Wednesday. Photo :Peter Blasl

The 94-year-old Nassau-based bank opened the Riverhead branch in an effort to expand its services to the East End, according to a press release. Previously, the closest branch was in Port Jefferson Station. The new branch sports an updated logo in blue and gray with the tagline “Go First. Go Far.” 

“I am delighted to welcome First National Bank Long Island to their new location on Main Street, in the heart of downtown Riverhead,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said. “I thank them for joining our rapidly growing business community and wish them many years of continued success.”

“We are very pleased to welcome First National Bank LI, not only as a Chamber member but as new business contributing to the revitalization of downtown,” Chamber of Commerce President Bob Kern said.

Members of Riverhead Rotary turned out to support fellow Rotarian Angie Reese, right First National Bank of Long Island’s vice president and market manager. Pictured with Reese from left: Sherry Patterson, Mary Ellen Ellwood, Ron Farnworth and Beth Hanlon. Photo: Peter Blasl

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.